1,000 Palestinians Wounded, 24 Killed, Yet Hillary Clinton Laments Only Israeli Deaths
The past two weeks have seen enormous clashes in the Holy Land, with a wave of violence between Palestinians primarily in the occupied West Bank but also in Gaza clashing with Israeli soldiers, settlers and civilians.
The violence has many believing that a third Palestinian intifada, uprising against the occupation, is brewing. This uprising is taking a different form, with Hamas in Gaza and the Palestine Liberation Organization in the West Bank both sitting out the fighting. Rather, young Palestinians are self-organizing as part of raucous protests, while others have engaged in knife attacks against Israeli civilians which have spread fear and terror.
Last night, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton weighed in on the violence though she did not mention the Palestinian casualties.
Here are some of the facts of what has happened to Palestinians during the past two weeks:
The wounded: Over 1,000 Palestinians have been reported wounded since October 1.
Attacked by settlers: Although the Israeli settlement movement is not employed by the Israeli government, it is shielded by it, with settlers often attacking Palestinians with Israeli soldiers at their flank. October saw a spike in attacks by settlers, with 130 logged this month so far.
Clinton is seeking the support of one of her long-time funders, Haim Saban, an Israeli-American who is a strong supporter of the Israeli government. However, writing the Palestinians out of her statement is a step the U.S. government itself rarely takes, and may be a sign that she is trying to distance herself from President Obama, who has been criticized for his few moments of disagreement with Israel's government.
It is disappointing that Clinton's rival, Bernie Sanders, has not put out any statements on this issue over the past two weeks, despite his words many years ago condemning Israel for the sort of behavior it is displaying now.